NEURODIVERSITY WEEK 2019
This is the first year we celebrate neurodiversity week, one of many schools (over 250!!) that have joined this initiative set up by Siena Castellon, a 16 year old who is autistic, dyspraxic and dyslexic and has ADHD.
Read more here: https://www.neurodiversity-celebration-week.com/
In order to help us to flourish, I believe schools should stop focusing only on what we cannot do and should begin to acknowledge and celebrate the many positive aspects of being neurodiverse. It is important for schools to recognise our many strengths: our creativity, innovation, ability to think outside-the-box, problem-solving skills, unique insights and perspectives, perseverance and resilience.
We are the dreamers. The pioneers. The change-makers. The future business leaders. We are the trailblazers. The adventurers. The discoverers. We are the Einsteins and Bransons of tomorrow.
Below are a series of videos which will also be showing in the library this week. The first features Elisabeth Wiklander, a cellist in the London Philharmonic Orchestra, speaking about neurodiversity. What Wiklander captures is how neurodiversity has come to be a movement and community of individuals - people who both advocate for and create better awareness of what it is like to live as a neurodiverse individual, but also celebrate the many strengths that come with autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and synaesthesia.
Visit the library to take a look at 20 neurodiverse individuals, some very well known and some lesser so, and learn more about synaesthesia, autism, dyslexia and ADHD through learning about their unique skill-sets.